Watch Fit for Burt Munro
The Burt Munro tribute watch by Baume & Mercier honours the New Zealander who spent more than four decades working on a 1920 Indian Scout and in 1967, at age 68, used it to set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Watch brands often see history as marketing gold. It’s certainly one reason Baume & Mercier is partnering on a series of chronographs with Indian Motorcycle, founded in 1901 and the oldest motorcycle company in the United States.
The first fruit of the deal, a $3750 Burt Munro tribute watch based on the Clifton Club chronograph model, was introduced earlier this month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
The watch dial has a yellow roundel with a bold number 35, Munro’s lucky number; a sandblasted finish to evoke the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats; and a seconds hand with a counterbalance in the shape of the stylised Indian “I.”
The calfskin strap is dyed a shade of red typically found on vintage Indian machines, while the case back has the motorcycle brand’s headdress logo and an edition number. A total of 1967 will be made, a quantity chosen to commemorate Munro’s record-breaking year.
Baume & Mercier’s chief executive Alain Zimmermann said:
“Indian is such a historic marque with so many great achievements to its name, and the story of Burt Munro is an incredible one that, I think, will really appeal to people.
“It is a great combination of determination, heritage, adventure and engineering.”
Original article by Simon de Burton, The New York Times, November 15, 2017.